03 April 2006

Lapin on authority

Does the tendency to obey authority make people prey to totalitarian misrule? Many believe this to be the case, and Stanley Milgram's Yale University experiments nearly half a century ago have reinforced this notion. However, Rabbi Daniel Lapin makes an intriguing argument that the Nuremberg Trials, which were undertaken to bring Germany's nazi rulers to justice, had the unintended consequence of eroding respect for authority throughout the western world: Purim 2006 -- Not All Authority is Bad.

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